World’s best ease into quarter finals
- 07 March 2014
The World No.1 faced his namesake, Chong Wei Feng (VTZF), in the second round and started strongly, racing into the lead. The Malaysian shuttler was faultless in both attack and defensive, dismissing his opponent 21-6 in Game 1. Game 2 followed a similar course as Chong Wei’s aggression and speed continued to overpower his opponent. It was a faultless display from the former All England Champion as he won in straight games
Facing the English pair of Chris Langridge and Peter Mills, the Indonesian duo was on the back foot from the outset. Langridge and Mills, who were playing in front of loud and enthusiastic home crowd, stormed into the lead with an outstanding display of aggressive badminton and took Game 1 21-8.
Game 2 saw Ahsan and Setiawan come out sharper and faster in attack and defensive. It allowed the pair to take control of the points throughout and led to them running out 21-17 winners, forcing Game 3 in the process. Ahsan and Setiawan continued to dictate the rallies in Game 3. Showing great mental strength and determination, they showed why they are currently ranked as the best pair in the world, taking a close third game with an outstanding show of skill and speed 21-14.
The Championships are really starting to hot up now as we move into the latter stages. It’s quarter final day tomorrow, so stay tuned for all the latest news and opinion direct from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Tournament Results: Second Round
Kenichi Tago (JPN) def. Tien Chen Chou (TPE) 21-19 21-15
Kento Momota (JPN) def. Rajiv Ouseph (NR800)(ENG) 21-15 21-10
Michelle Li (AT900T, SHBF1NLX)(CAN) def. Bellaetrix Manuputty (INA) 21-15 21-23 21-16
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Vivian Kah Mum/Khe Wei Woon (MAS) 21-15 21-11
Reika Kakiiwa /Miyuki Maeda (JPN) def. Bao Yixin/Tang Jinhua (CHN) 21-16 21-23 21-17